Out of all U.S. industries, only manufacturing exceeded healthcare and social assistance in the number of reported nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses.
Healthcare and social assistance accounted for 15% of all injuries and 18.6% of illnesses reported by U.S. businesses, according to "Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2005," an October 19 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report.
Compared to last year, the incident rate in health care and social assistance declined by 0.3 cases to 5.9 cases per 100 full-time employees. That decline was due to 11% fewer cases reported in ambulatory services. The number of hospital case remained the same for 2004 and 2005, according to the BLS.
The manufacturing sector saw nonfatal injury and illness incidence rates of 20.2% and 30.8% respectively.
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